Goat Cheese Strudel with Dried Plum
Your friends and family will love you for this unusual appetizer. This delicious strudel is filled with tangy goat cheese and sweet but a little tart dried plums. If you have not tried before these delicious California Dried Plums (as they are called in the United States and called Prunes to the rest of the world) then you are in for a treat. Did you know that California produces more dried plums and prunes than the rest of the world.
- 1/2 package Frozen Puff Pastry sheets (1 sheet)
- 1 cup ( 6 ounces) pitted Dried Plums - chopped
- 1/2 cup Apple Butter
- 1/2 cup (2 ounces) Goat Cheese - crumbled
- 1/4 cup Chives - thinly sliced
- 1 Egg - lightly beaten with 1 Tbsp water
Thaw pastry at room temperature 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400°F. In small bowl, combine dried plums, apple butter, goat cheese and chives; mix well and set aside.
Unfold pastry onto lightly floured surface. Roll to 14 x 10-inch rectangle. Spread dried plum mixture over pastry, covering to within one inch of either end; brush all edges with egg mixture. Beginning at the long end, roll up pastry in jelly roll fashion; pinch seams and ends to seal. Place on baking sheet.
With a sharp knife, cut diagonal slits, one inch apart, across top of pastry. Brush with egg mixture.
Bake 25 minutes until golden. Cool on baking sheet on wire rack 20 minutes.
To serve, cut into 12 slices along diagonal cuts.
WINE PAIRING: Curtis Viognier or a lighter Bridlewood Estate Syrah
Here are some interesting facts about this Super Fruit:
Certain fruits are considered superfruits because they have unique phytochemicals not found in other fruits–and that translates to key health benefits. California Dried Plums and Prunes are a source of important vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. These form a web of vital functions that help support and promote good heart, bone and digestive health, and support the immune system–among other healthful attributes that can help regulate, support and promote optimal health overall.
To enjoy: superfruit nutrition everyday–in snacks, in baking and cooking, on cereal, in salads, and blended into smoothies.
Beauty: A study suggests dried plums may help reduce skin wrinkles. A perfect fit for healthful diets: Dried plums promote satiety and have only 100 calories per serving (4 to 5 dried plums).
Recipe, info and photo by Californiadriesplums.org